There’s nothing in Christianity that would defend Terry Jones’ recent actions in Michigan. In fact, the Bible teaches that in order to win a person to the faith, one should employ methods of turning the other cheek, demonstrating compassion and being what the Bible calls the “salt of the earth.” Unfortunately for Mr. Jones, it appears [...]
Harvard public policy professor and co-author of American Grace discusses the changes in religious tolerance in the U.S. over the last 50 years.
Comparative religions scholar and author of Tablet & Pen discusses U.S. relations with Iran and explains why—on the Iran question—President Obama has ‘played it perfectly.’
Have you ever heard a question that caught you off guard? Really made you pause? A few years back, three questions rocked my world. They came from different people in the span of a month. The first question: Had you been a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against [...]
Minister and award-winning Christian writer explains why we really lead a better life when we’re living for others.
Paradise Beneath Her Feet author assesses the role of women in changing the Middle East.
Homeboy Industries founder talks about dealing with the realities of gang life and what he hopes the takeaway will be for readers of his book.
When you think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., you probably think of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. But what do you think about his “Beyond Vietnam” speech? What’s that? You’ve never heard of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech? Well, you’re not alone. On Wednesday, March 31, the second installment of Tavis Smiley [...]
The passage of Proposition 8 in California led to a dramatically increased awareness of homophobia around the country as well as the launch of a new generation of activists. What I didn’t realize until recently, though, is that Prop. 8 was also a unique catalyst in battling racism and faith-phobia. Following the LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer) community’s [...]
President Obama’s highly anticipated speech Thursday morning in Cairo has received a variety of responses from communities in the Middle East. Obama began his speech with the Arabic greeting “As-Salamu Alaykum” and attempted to balance competing interests throughout the region in his address. How successful he was at doing that remains to be seen. But [...]